You see, I'm a rebel. I hate lists. And the minute I make myself "schedule" I instantly have to break it. Yes, I'm very mature. I don't know why I'm like this. But there, I admit it.
So how do I get my brain around this obviously defective thinking pattern?
Routines are like covert schedules. They aren't written down, but somehow happen the same way each day all on their own. Regardless of whether they are a "good" or "bad" routine - they are hard to break out of. What if I could steer myself toward a "good" routine that helped me with some of my cleaning?
And that's how it started.
I already had lots of routines that I never even purposefully intended. For example:
- In the mornings, I make both boys warm milk for breakfast. Every.single.morning. I didn't sit down and write this routine out, it just happened.
- After outdoor play, the boys always get a bath. A natural consequence of their outside stench.
- We always read a story to both boys before bed.
- I sing the same song every night to Corbin.
We all have routines. They often come naturally, or after awhile "feel" so natural that we don't even think about them even more. So I've been working on a few more "routines" to help me out in the cleaning areas.
1. While the boys take a bath, I pick up and clean the bathroom. Instead of just hanging out and watching them play (completely bored), I now go through my routine of wiping down the sink and counter top, and removing clutter.
2. During that chaos hour (you know, around say 5pm) when I really need a break, I step outside for a couple minutes and clean out a few items from my car. This really helps cut down on the mess in my car. This is not a complete clean out, but a quick trash pickup and carry in a couple items back to the house.
3. Every morning while the boys eat breakfast, I "refresh" the dryer and throw in another load of clothes into the washer. I also put the dishes in the dishwasher away and fill it up again.
I'm starting small, but just getting into these few routines has really helped. I'm really not at the point where I can completely "revamp" my cleaning, and I'm not really the kind of person that does well with lists or schedules. But I figure I can train myself to form some new routines - and that works for me!
What do you prefer - routines or lists/schedules? Do you have any routines that work for you?